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    Default When is it no longer a good thing?

    A friend of mine and I were discussing this the other day...

    She has a 3 year old daughter that has always been off-the-charts big. In our eyes this is a healthy "problem" to have as a baby but when does it stop being healthy and start leading to a childhood obesity issue? At what age is being full of rolls no longer a good thing??

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    A friend of a friend has a big boy , he looks 4 not 2 and at his 2yr old check up apparently her Dr did a test and he came back as obese and she was told to put him on a diet as such, mainly to cut down portion sizes and limit snacking, she did and be does look leaner but still big!

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    I would think it would become an issue between the ages of 2-3 and onwards. They are active, running about and usually eating properly by that age leaving not many reasons other then medical, genetics or unhealthy eating to be causing weight problems that young. I know a friend of mine had a really large daughter, the doctors were really concerned but once she hit 2ish she started to trim down so wasn't a problem.

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    I think it depends on why. Is it because you're feeding them a diet of muffins, cheese and chicken nuggets? Or is it because they're just big, despite eating healthy portions of healthy foods?

    If it's the former, then I think it's bad no matter what. Even kids that "need fattening," should be fattened in a healthier way IMO. If it's because they're just born big (and that was my daughter) but eat well, and move enough, then I would say around 4-ish is when they tend to thin out, just from my experience.

    She is still big for her age, but she's also quite tall for her age... so she's well within the healthy weight range. Really, I think once they start walking, it should kind of slowly start to move within the realm of healthy... heading towards that anyway. I don't like BMI, and kids go through stages where they'll be chubbier for a while, but then shoot up and thin out... but generally, I think most kids SHOULD be close to the BMI's healthy weight range.

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    My eldest DD. was born 9 pound and gained well, and has always been above the 50th% for weight. She's about average for weight now and she has just turned 5. Her height, on the other hand is around the 10th% and she has a big tummy so she just looks chubby!
    I try and really keep an eye in her diet since she loves food, and make sure she eats healthily with only the occasional treat. I'm hoping that she'll have a growth spurt (height-wise) and she'll become more in proportion!
    My other two are both reflux babies and have struggled to gain weight, so I have both sides of the coin. But I think if you've got a 3-4 year old with baby fat rolls that look like they have elastic bands around their wrists and ankles you should be a little concerned.


 

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